MacBook Pro :: SSD In 2010 - Enter Time Machine And / Or Finder The Machine Freezes

Jan 1, 2011

Have installed an 120GB SSD in my Macbook Pro 2010 but have had a couple of problems. Sometimes when you try to enter time machine and or Finder the machine freezes. Also the only way out of this is to hold the power button down and reboot. I have been informed by Apple that there are slight differences between the 2009 and 2010 models. Another odd thing is Skype will not load up automatically on startup, despite making sure this option is ticked. Most other things seem to work. Reinstall original hard drive and all OK.I have tried this with OCZ and Crucial SSDs and get same result. I have also installed the SSDs by cloning and by direct original OS X disk.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Cannot Enter The Time Machine When Press The Time Machine Icon

Mar 9, 2012

I cannot enter the time machine when I press the time machine icon. I press and nothing happens, so I'm not sure even if it is backing up at this point. When i go to my Tme Capsule it has the folder there for back-ups and the most recent, but no access from the icon.

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OS X Mavericks :: Finder Freezes And Won't Relaunch When Attempting To Backup Using Time Machine

Jun 6, 2014

I have been backing up for years using Time Machine (TM) which uses a hard drive connected to my Time Capsule on my network. I use an external drive connected to the Time capsule.Every night, my MBP is scheduled to backup which it has done for years. The last successful backup was 4 days ago. It stopped working and when I tried to click on TM starting manually, it hangs up and freezes Finder. I try to relaunch Finder and it freezes the computer by taking all icons off my desktop. I can use mail and other programs but FINDER will not work. I have used disk utilities to check the drive AND repair permissions.

The only way I can shut down is by holding the on/off button and then restarting. The computer starts up fine and works UNTILL I try to back up to TM again. The whole thing happens again. My O/S is regulary updated and I checked that too.

THere must be something corrupted or screwed up with the TM / Finder links.

Mac OS X (10.7.1), plus IOS on iPhone 5S

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Mac Mini :: Can't Enter Time Machine On New

Mar 22, 2012

I run a new Mac Mini with up to date software. My timemachine backs up to an external HD plugged into a USB port on the mini. It backs up regularly and without any problems.  

Yesterday I tried to enter time machine to restore some files I have lost. Whenever I select "enter time machine" nothing happens. The disk doesn't mount, the time machine icon doesn't spin, nothing happens.  

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Cannot Enter Time Machine?

Mar 25, 2012

I'm using Time Machine to backup my computer, and the backup is going fine. But when I try to enter Time Machine to go back and look for a file from a few months ago, the program will not open at all. I click on the icon and nothing happens. Does anyone have any ideas as to why I cannot enter Time Machine at all? P.S. This i a Macbook Pro mid-2010 with OS X Lion 10.7.3.

MacBook Pro (Mid-2010), Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Can't Enter In Time Machine

May 18, 2012

After a defragmentation of my external drive wich containt my time machine back-up, i can't enter in time machine

Info:iMac (27-inch Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Cannot Enter Time Machine

May 28, 2012

I cannot enter Time Machine—The backups are being created and I can manually navigate through the backup, but it simply will not load. I am running the 10.7.4 on a 2010 27" iMac. 

I've tried everything that Pondini recommends including deleting finder.plist, disconnecting second monitor, resetting Time Machine from scratch, entering with or Address Book as the foreground app, deselecting Time Machine drive, using a directly-connected USB drive instead of a network share, and starting Time Machine from another user account. I do not have a virus scanner or a Finder replacement. 

Notes:I have symlinked a few folders in my home directory to another drive: Pictures being the important one. I've tried using a straight folder in each case.I do have a lot of apps running, notably: Viscosity, Alfred, Growl, Dropbox, Sparkleshare (though that is a recent addition)Perhaps the most important note: I replaced my iMac's optical drive with an SSD, which I am using as my system drive. The original 1TB drive is mounted elsewhere. I installed a fresh copy of Lion onto it.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 2010 27" iMac 3.2GHz

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Cannot Enter In The Old Time Machine Backup After Migrating To A New MBP?

Jun 4, 2012

I have a new MBP with MacOSX 10.7 I just set it up using the Migration Assistant. The old one was using MacOSX 10.5 with a Time Machine backup on an external USB drive. Everything went fine, restoring all from my Time Machine backup. But now, on the new MBP, I cannot enter in the old TM backup. I can browse it with the finder but not use it through the TM interface. If I chose the disk containing the old TM backup in the TM preference, TM starts a brand new backup. How do I have to proceed to continue using my old backup or almost be able to use it as a former one through the TM interface?  

Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Intel Mac :: Cannot Enter Time Machine From Context Menu?

Jul 3, 2012

When I select 'Enter time machine' from the context menu of the time machine icon in the menu bar at the top, nothing happens. Otherwise it works fine and does its regular updates. I can see the result on my backup drive. But how do I now restore something if I have to?

Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Enter Time Machine Does Nothing And Deleting Files In TM Backup?

Apr 11, 2012

I couldn't enter Time Machine backups, that is, "Enter Time Machine" from the Time Machine menu item did nothing. I tried Postini's recommendations about resetting, repairing the sparsebundle image, and tried accessing with the bundle mounted. Nothing worked. 

What did work was Time Machine Preferences>Select Disk… and clicking Do Not Back Up. Then a new item appears in the Time Machine menu items: "Browse Other Backup Disks…" Selected that and then selected my backup. And then I was in. 

My purpose was to delete some large movies that were taking up too much space. I went back to the Finder and opened the folder where the movies had been (I had deleted them in the Finder) then went back to "Browse Other Backup Disks…" and there was the folder in Time Machine. And I deleted the files. I was later able to reselect my Backup disk and the options were still saved.However I haven't seen the space recovered yet. I may have to read more on compressing the disk image if it doesn't fix itself soon.  

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook Air :: Finder Crashes Using Firefox And Time Machine?

Jul 2, 2012

I have a MacBook Air  1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM running OS X 10.6.8 with all software up todate today under this OS. I use Firefox 13.0.1 as a Browser.  I experience many Kernel Panic's and in some cases, the Finder, as noted in in the Force Quit pop-up quits completely.  I note this when using Firefox as a Firefox "lock-up" and most times a colored spinning wheel associated with Firefox.  Coincidentally, Time Machine is running during many of these occurrences.  Some times, the Finder, as well as all (not many) app's running at that time also display on Force Quit as being "lock-up" displayed in red letter in Force Quite and I must use the "shut off" button to restart.

Last week, I did a complete reinstall of the most current OS from an external disk following a complete examination of the system using the latest TechTools Pro software and then conducted a "rebuild" of the file structure and removal of all fragmentation and approved a new directory installation by TechTools Pro. I use VirusBarrier, with the latest updates, (Version 10.1.16), and have continuing scans for all that is available in that application. 

Time Machine backups are made over  What, if anything, might I do to restore this Mac to normal functioning.  I have other Mac Computers (portable and desktops) running the same OS version and and software.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Air :: OS X 10.9.4 - Finder Cannot See AirPort Time Machine Drives

Aug 28, 2014

I'm running OS X 10.9.4 on a MacBook Air (2 GB memory, 64 GB SSD storage). 

I'm using an AirPort Time Capsule (with Time Machine) as my router and backup.  I have an additional hard drive connected to the USB port on my AirPort Time Capsule. 

For over a year the entire configuration has worked well:  Backups are done, and I can access both the AirPort Time Capsule internal hard drive and the external hard drive from my MacBook Air, and from any other device on the network. 

For the past few weeks, Finder (on my MacBook Air) sometimes cannot see either drive (internal or external) on the AirPort Time Capsule.  Backups are still okay, and PCs are still able to access and use both drives on the AirPort Time Capsule.  Also, software on my MacBook Air CAN see and use the drives.  For example, if I have a photo on one of those drives that I want to post on Facebook, the "finder" window that appears when I click "Upload Photos/Video" (on Facebook) sees the drives, and can upload the photo from the drives.  The ONLY time I cannot see the drives is when I try to access them with Finder.  (See photos.) 

At first, Finder occasionally could not see the drives, or sometimes it took a minute or two to see the drives.  Now, Finder generally cannot see the drives, no matter how long I wait.  My PCs, and ALL SOFTWARE on the MacBook Air CAN ALWAYS see the drives.  Also, Finder can ALWAYS see ALL THE OTHER shared drives on the network (on the PCs, for example), even when it cannot see the drives on the AirPort Time Capsule. 

Using Finder: 

Using Facebook:

MacBook Air, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4), AirPort Time Capsule

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MacBook Pro :: Using Time Machine On External Hard Drive/Time Machine Error Code - 43

Aug 23, 2010

I was trying to set up my Time Machine to an external hard drive. I didn't continue because it asked to "initialize" the hard drive which I had a lot of important things on.

I have another external hard drive I'd like to use but, my Time Machine has this error code of -43. What is this and how can I use my Time Machine on another external hard drive?

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OS X Mavericks :: Time Machine Freezes On Backup?

Aug 27, 2014

I am trying to back my imac up for the first time using Time Machine (10.9 Mavericks) however it keeps freezing at 15.17gb and won't move on from there. 

I am backing up to a Western Digital My Passport Ultra drive formatted to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and it's Partition Map Scheme is GUID Partition Table.

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4), 21.5 inch, 2.7GHz mid 2011 version

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Intel Mac :: OS X 10.7.4 - Freezes When Trying To Backup Files Using Time Machine

Jun 25, 2012

My iMac running 10.7.4 freezes when trying to backup files using time machine. I must reboot each time to stop time machine, and use the iMac.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Unable To "Enter Time Machine" To View Previous Backups?

Feb 15, 2012

I am unable to "Enter Time Machine" to view previous backups! Time Machine continues to make backups, and I can access other preferences and options but clicking on the Time machine icon in the dock or in the applications folders does nothing!! How do I remedy this - I have repaired permissions but am wondering do I need to reinstall Time Machine? If so how do I reinstall Time machine?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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OS X :: Time Machine Freezes / Slow After Snow Leopard Upgrade

Sep 10, 2009

I have a mid-2008 (June) MBP 15". Just upgraded to SL last night. I am having a serious issue with time machine. I've been using it with the same external HD since I bought my mac last year. No issues up until I installed SL last night. This morning (my first backup since upgrading), time machine started backing up (~ 9Gb) but just stops at around 300Mb. The clock keeps spinning, but there is no change in the amount backed up.

I'm reading that other folks are having this issue as well. Has anyone figured something out? I've run disk repair (nothing found), restarted my mac & external HD (several times each), and cancelled and restarted the time machine backup (several times). Each time it freezes at a different amount (i.e. 34Mb, 284.2Mb, etc...).

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: IMac Freezes While Time Machine Updates The Backup?

Apr 5, 2012

Ever since I upgraded to Lion my iMac freezes or nearly freezes for 5 - 10 minutes every hour while Time Machine updates the back up. What to do? I have tried everything I can think of but its only improved from total freeze while Time Machine backs up to freeze with an occasional few seconds of activity. 

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine: Click "Enter", Nothing Happens?

Mar 1, 2012

I have a simple Time Machine set up running on an external drive. I can access and open the drive, browse the contents and so on, but when I go to the Time Machine app and click "enter" nothing happens. Nothing at all. Running Disk Utility's repair function reported "incorrect permissions for private directory" which also reported that it was repaired. Running it again it says that the disk is verified. Still, Time Machine will not open when I want to enter.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 2.8 Quad Core

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May 27, 2010

Nothing happens, the comupter, macBook Pro, Snow Leopard, freezes. The only functional button is the esc key. Once it is pressed the computer functions.

I have tried repairing permissions on my hard drive, repairing disk on the external disk. Still the same.

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OS X Technologies :: Time Machine Stops Backing Up To External Disk - System Freezes

Feb 27, 2012

I have used Time Machine to backup my data on an external hard drive with ample space for the past year. However, for the past month or so when plug in my hard drive and try to back up my files using Time Machine, it completely freezes my computer, to the point where I need to hold down the power button for 10+ seconds and completely restart. At first I thought this might be due to not enough RAM, but discovered it does this even if all other programs are closed.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)

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OS X Technologies :: Can't Open The Program Time Machine Located In The Folder /applications/time Machine

Mar 13, 2012

can't open the program time machine located in the folder /applications/time machine anymore, message says program ain't working for unknown reaason, but I still can open time machine in the menu bar. any clues what the trouble might be? and/or is there any way to reinstall time machine only on os x 10.7.3? 

btw., on the system backup hd which is a mirror of the imac system, the programm still works

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Deleting Time Machine Backup In Finder?

Jun 28, 2012

I had been using Time Machine on an external drive for a few years and then when I stopped using that drive for backups and started putting files on it, I made the mistake of trying to manually delete all of the backups. Now, the entire backup is stuck in my trash folder and finder doesn't seem to be able to delete it regularly.

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Change The Finder And Time Machine Icons?

Feb 8, 2012

how you change these icons as the usual method of just copying and pasting the image in does not work.  Would also like to not have to download an app to be able to do this if possible. 

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.5)

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Dec 7, 2014

I recent fount necessary to do a complete install and restore.  As I was having trouble with system performance, I chose to restore Applications from Time Machine and set the system parameters manually.  In the process, I wound up with some very large (50 Gbytes) on my Desktop.  I neglected to turn off time Machine backup while doing the restoration and wound up with several big(!) files in the back ups taken during the restoration.  There is nothing useful on the backups taken during the restoration and they have really filled  up my backup disk.  Looking at the structure of the backup disk, it seems you could just delete the backups after I started to restore things.  Are there other considerations?  Are there hidden tables laying around that might become unsynchronized?

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Nov 19, 2008

I just replaced my HD on my 15"MBP. The install went well until restoring my data from Time Machine. The apps came over fine but none of my data did. Yes, I checked all the boxes on the "restore from backup" menu.

Of course now when I start up time machine the backup isn't there. How do I get Time Machine to recognize the backup? I have it on two places - a time capsule and a separate external HD.

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Feb 27, 2012

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Mar 20, 2012

I just purchased a Seagate 3 TB USB 2.0/3.0 external drive to use as my time machine backup drive.  I have a MacBook Pro that was purchased about 3-4 years ago.  The MacBook Pro has a 120 GB hard drive and is currently running MAC OSx 10.6.8.  I also have another WD 1 TB FireWire external drive that I use to store all of my media files.   

After I followed the instructions for installing the new Seagate drive for use with the MAC OSx, I initiated a time machine backup.  It very quickly determined that it needed to back up almost 900,000 files totaling just about 400 GB.  It started the backup process at a rate of about 1 GB per minute.  In a little less than an hour it reach 53 GB and remained there for an additional two hours before I decided to stop the backup.   

Once I got the backup stopped, I deleted the backup and decided to look at my energy saving settings.  I noticed that the "Put drives to sleep whenever possible" check box was checked, so I unchecked that option and restarted the MAC.  I then initiated the time machine backup again.  Like the first time it quickly determined that it needed to backup the same amount of data as before and started the backup process at a rate of about 1 GB per minute.  Before going to bed at around 11 PM last night it was at about 60 GB so I thought I was out of the woods (having gotten further than the 53 GB earlier).  When I woke up this morning at 5:30 AM it was sitting at 69 GB. 

I am really frustrated at this point and don't know why the time machine back up would be failing on a brand new hard drive. PS - I was previously using a Seagate 1.5 TB USB drive as my time machine backup and never had any issues with it.  I decided to use the 1.5 TB drive for a different purpose, which is why I have the new 3 TB drive to use as a backup.  And I still have the full backup on the 1.5 TB drive just in case anything were to go awry.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Deleting Time Machine Folder For One Machine?

May 27, 2012

Yesterday I used Migration Assistant to recover the contents of a failed MacBook Pro (Snow Leopard) from a Time Machine backup to a new MacBook Air (10.7.4). Using the same external disk for backups, I now have a folder for both the old and new machines in 


The instructions here 


explain how to reconnect time machine to the old machine's backups. Once I've done this and checked that I can access the old backups, can I simply delete the new machine folder to save space? 

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Sep 17, 2008

I have a desktop G5 that I'm in the process of selling. I have been using Time Machine for my backups and am picking up a MacBook Pro to replace it as my requirements are now much more mobile.

My question is simply this; can I restore my system, backed up from my G5, to my new MacBook?

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